237 Madison Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001640.749899 -73.981250
MondayWednesday 5:30pm - 11pm
ThursSat 5:30pm - 12am
Sun 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown South Central, Midtown
Nice Experience – Overall my friends and I had a very nice experience. The service was great as well was the food. The waiter was very helpful when it came to explaining the items on the menu and made some great suggestions which I find to be rare from waiters. The food was absolutely great and I will most definitely be returning soon.
Super good service. – It was a great night. I could not have picked a better place for it! We had 8 people in our party, we had a nice table, the service was excellent and indeed great! We had waiter on hand all night long I had a small conversation with our Moroccan waiter he was so amazing kid who knows very well about the menu he gave me a clear idea of all the appetizers , dinner and sushi , he greet us with a nice smile asked all guest for allergies , he kept checking on our drink no complain at all , All our guests loved the ambiance , the food and the music was wow wow. we spent almost a $700 but left happy we did not experience anything that these other negative reviewers have written
packed like sardines – Don't go there unless you are literally prepared to rub shoulders with people from next table.
And... don't expect the people from next table to be nice. The place is filled with angry attitudes, and people who can't afford to eat there anyway.
Great calamari salad – We visited during the Winter Restaurant week. For parties of 3-4 people, you were limited to a choice of 2 appetizers, 2 entrees and 2 desserts. This kind of defeats the purpose of trying out an expensive restaurant on the cheap. While billed as proportioned accordingly, it's not the case depending what you ordered.
That said, the calamari salad was by far the best appetizer. The lemongrass skewered chicken I can take it or leave it. For our mains, we opted for the wild salmon and pot roast of pork. While the pork was very tender, both it and the salmon were too sweet for my taste and oddly tasted like the same sauce was used. For dessert, we chose the Cuban opera chocolate cake and the coconut invasion cake. The surprise was the scoop of coffee ice cream that came with the chocolate cake, which by the way, is the better dessert dish. The coconut cake was too hard and chewy.
This isn't food related but I feel something has to be said. For what is meant to be a classy place, the ladies bathroom is sorely lacking. With only two stalls and the attendant siting outside, the tiny sink/mirror area faces one of the two stalls. You can't get out of that stall if someone was washing their hands at the sink.
Excellent Asian-Fusion Cuisine – This is another pricey joint where I do not visit regularly. However, I did come here twice during Restaurant Week and it was a pretty good deal. The decor is impressive and quite romantic.
They have this really good Beef roll, Chilean Sea Bass, and Shanghainese fried rice. Each portion is huge so you could share with your date.
Horrible Service – Although we went on a Monday at midafternoon, the place was dead. Even so, we decided to enjoy a reportedly good meal at Asia De Cuba. Since it was not even 4pm, we were not starving. The waitress was an uncomfortable awkward throughout the meal, uncomfortably pushing drinks and extra sides on me and my boyfriend, who for the record I have not seen in weeks and we just wanted to talk and enjoy each others company. We did not want to drink heavily at 4pm, nor have dessert. Upon hearing that we will not be having coffee or dessert, she was very taken aback, repeatingly asking, "what? really? Um ok..." After about 3 transactions of us just saying, no the check is sufficient, I finally asked, "Is that ok?" To which she responded, "it's just very unusual." After her snotty look and attitude, we were left with a bitter taste in our mouths.
Even so, we left an extremely generous tip, just so that she knew that just because we didnt get dessert, we are generous people. With that, hopefully she will feel bad about her horrible service.
Must go back! – I took my a family members from out of town here. They were amazed with the decor and more amazed with the food. The short ribs were SO GOOD!! And the dessert was really good too. When you look at the menu, the prices seem a bit much, but since you are sharing, its pretty average. Can't wait to go back..
Delicious Food – The pork dish was phenomenal as was the calamari salad. The fried wontons were ok but not a favorite. My friend and I went during restaurant week to make it affordable. The dishes are all shared which stems from the large portions of food. We sat upstairs and overlooked the people eating at the tables downstairs and could see what they were eating and if they enjoyed it or not. From what I could see everyone there was satisfied. I'll definitely go back.
Perennially popular eatery fuses Asian and Latino flavors. – With its billowing white curtains, two-story Philippe Starck design and sashaying samba music, Asia de Cuba still draws sexy crowds nightly, and the food hasn't changed much over the years either. There are still immense portions of big, gratifying proteins ranging from crispy calamari salad with chayote and hearts of palm to miso-cured Alaskan black cod, to Cuban black bean and edamame salad. The food is solid and dramatically presented, but more importantly it's always exactly the same--in a good way, like the restaurant experience as a whole. The youngish crowd, which tends to congregate in large parties, generally comes for the good times as much as the food.
Dissappointing Meal from a Resident NYC Staple – First of all, no salad should have bananas. Second, my co-worker and I ordered an entree dish of Cuban bbq chicken that came with an order of coconut sticky rice. I am not usually a critic, but when I go to NYCs fancier restaurants, I expect more than chicken slathered in bbq sauce with some extra spanish seasonings; I can do that at home. We ordered some fried plantains on the side which were cut really thick and were not cooked properly. We subsituted that for some plantain rice which was way too salty. The service was not spectacular. I had Asia De Cuba on my list of places to eat here in the City, but must say that I was very very disappointed. It is very rare that that happens when I dine at the better places.
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